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I have been busy sewing a dress for a wedding and a travel wardrobe for our trip to Australia.
First up was the dress from a fabric featured at the beginning of the year
This beautiful rayon became Vogue 8486
I made up a size 20 with no alterations – I need to rewrite this!! I needed no alterations.
Did it look like the pattern photo /drawing envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, yes, yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, followed most of them but changed the facings.
What do you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the pleats and the way the dress falls about my body – it is a very cool dress on a hot summer day.
Although this pattern calls for the use of a stretch fabric I used rayon with little stretch and it is a perfect fit. The fabric like most rayon is very slippery and drapey which works well with the pattern style.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made?
On the sample pattern I added extra to the seams as insurance, which was not required.
Would you sew it again or recommend it to others?
Yes, I would like to try this again as a top and can see me making the long sleeve version for winter in a merino knit for the classroom.
Laying out the pattern on the fabric was a challenge as the skirt is pegged – I worked hard to match the stripes and they mostly work. I love the star effect of the bodice and am very proud of the placket at the back as the stripes match across the centre back seam. I loved the final dress and felt like a million dollars wearing it.
I made a silk chiffon overtop from McCalls 6210 using some fabric from the auction which worked great. I also finally used the overlocker to make a rolled hem on the overtop. Too easy and I am don't know why I took so long to try using this stitch!!!